COUNTY WATER AND SEWER DISTRICTS
Frequently Asked Questions
- How are
County Water and Sewer Districts formed?
County Water and Sewer Districts are
typically formed in two different ways:
- By petition
executed by the municipality’s chief executive officer or a least 25 owners
of taxable real property situated within such municipality.
permissive referendum whereby the residents within an area included in the
proposed county district, and further that the number of signatures on the
petition shall be 100 or five percent of the owners of taxable real
property, whichever is less.
Article 5-A of County Law in New York
State covers this in complete detail.
serves as the basis for County Water or Sewer District formation?
An engineering report typically entitled a
“Map, Plan, and Report” serves as the basis for district formation. Examples of
items included in this document are as follows:
boundaries of the area or areas which shall be considered benefited by the
formation of the district
description of the area or areas sufficient to permit definite and
conclusive identification of all properties included therein
proposed location of all facilities (ex: pipelines, pump stations, tanks,
of cost of construction, procurement, and installation; administration;
testing, monitoring, and modifications; operation and maintenance; treatment
- Method or
methods of financing
Establishment of zones of assessment, if appropriate and detailed
explanation of allocation of costs to each zone
County Water and Sewer Districts be amended?
Yes. The Map, Plan, and Report must be
amended and approved by the appropriate NYS reviewing authority and a public
hearing must be held.
- How is
the public informed?
Upon acceptance of the Map, Plan, and
Report by the County Board of Supervisors, a public hearing is scheduled. The
notice of public hearing shall include, among other items, the following:
of the area or areas to be included within the proposed district
- The maximum
amount to be expended for the improvement(s)
estimated cost of hook-up fees, if any
- The cost of
the district to the typical property
proposed method of assessment of the cost
- How are
the costs associated with the district assessed?
The expense of establishment of the
district, planning and construction of its facilities, operation and
maintenance, debt service, and any modifications, extensions, or other
improvements shall be assessed, levied, and collected from the parcels of land
within the district.
County Water District No. 1
County water districts in New York State
are governed by New York State Law, Article 5-A. (County sewer districts area
also covered under this same Article.) Fulton County Water District No. 1 (the
District) was established in 2005. Fulton County established the District for
the sole purpose of providing municipal drinking water to Fulton-Montgomery
Community College, the Fulton County Airport, and the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery
County BOCES facility adjacent to FMCC.
- The District
was created and established by the formal submission and approval of a “Map,
Plan, and Report” to the New York State Departments of Environmental
Conservation (DEC), Health (DOH), and Audit and Control.
- The Map,
Plan, and Report specifically describe and layout the boundary of the
District. The District, in this case, is a non-contiguous area containing
three separate parcels. The three parcels are as follows:
- HFM BOCES
It should be noted that the Map, Plan, and Report specifically discusses the
future addition of water users at the Fulton County
A portion of the FMCC facility is
situated in Montgomery County. According to NYS Law, Article 5-A, a county
cannot create a water district which incorporates lands lying within another
county. Therefore, the portion of FMCC lying in Montgomery County is not
included within the boundaries of the District. However, the county can sell
excess capacity and facilities to serve that portion of FMCC lying in
- Fulton County
and the City of Johnstown entered into a Water Supply Agreement in 2005. The
Agreement describes the terms under which the County has agreed to purchase
water from the City. The City shall supply water to the District in an amount
not to exceed 40,000 gallons per day (gpd) on a 30 day average. The current
average water supply to the District is approximately 16,000 gpd.
- The District
owns and maintains a booster pump station, pipeline, and elevated tank as
facilities to deliver water to its customers. The City delivers water to the
District through a pipeline located along S. Comrie Ave. near the intersection
of Fon Clair St. The pipeline is connected to the District’s booster pump
station. Inside the pump station is a master meter. All water delivered to
the District is metered at the master meter and billed on a monthly basis by
the City. The District is responsible for all operation and maintenance of
its facilities including the metering and billing of its customers.
- The City
charges the District its standard “outside user” rate for the water. Outside
user is defined as any water customer located outside the city limits.
Currently, the City water rate is $2.48 per 100 cubic feet (748 gallons). The
outside user rate is twice that amount or $4.96 per 100 cubic feet. The City
does not charge the District any other fees for the supply of water. The City
does not provide any operation or maintenance service for the District, other
than technical assistance from time to time.